Frequently Asked Questions
Some classes are theory based in order to give students the broad knowledge and background information that will improve their ability to think critically. Lecture-based learning is centred on the lecturer providing information to many students at the same time in a lecture room. Students take notes, while the lecturer may use many techniques to provide information: speaking; using slides; using video; using notes etc. The lecturer may call for questions from time-to-time, but the basis of this form of teaching is the lecturer transmitting knowledge one-to-many.
Tutorials are discussion groups, sometimes consisting of all the class-members of a particular subject, usually consisting of smaller groups. The groups of students meet with the lecturer and discuss particular topics; are provided specific information regarding the subject; are able to discuss upcoming assessments etc. The tutorial is an opportunity for the group to receive more interactive guidance from the lecturer.
Many of the Bachelor of Interactive Media subjects are based on the use of software, and labs are classes which take place in computer labs and which use computers. Students are provided individual computers to use for the duration of the class and are given instruction by the lecturer. Students are freely able to interact with the lecturer, and use their computers in order to work on their projects and on techniques which they are learning.
Some classes are based around traditional skills such as drawing, painting or photography. The instruction in these classes is similar to that in labs, but is not based around the use of computer equipment. Students are freely able to interact with the lecturer and work on projects and on techniques which they are learning.
The student will be expected to work largely independently, as projects are based around the principle of the student researching a specific topic, usually of their own choosing. Independent projects are not usually part of a programme of study before a student has reached Level 3 subjects. Students will be provided facilities such as computer equipment and will have access to a lecturer who will provide help and guidance with the project.
Students undertaking Bachelors level subjects are expected to spend a significant amount of their own time working independently. This research is a valuable opportunity to investigate avenues perhaps not covered within the conventional learning framework and also gives the student the opportunity to extend themself. Subject materials will be provided in many subjects with the expectation that the student will become familiar with those materials. There will also be recommended readings, books, online resources and other media with which students will be able to engage as part of their personal research.
Students may in some subjects be given access to lecture and lab material, which demonstrates or replicates class material. These resources are provided via the internet and may be downloaded as podcasts or can be streamed directly to a computer. These can be used as a self-learning resource, to review previous lectures, or as material when a class has been missed.
An internship is an external placement within an industry workplace designated to the student by AIT. Interns will typically spend time in the workplace equivalent to the requirements for a single subject. Supervision will be provided by the workplace and learning will be practical and experiential. Students will regularly report to their Subject co-ordinator. Assessment will be made in consultation with the workplace supervisor. Internships are only offered on a merit basis, to outstanding students.
Associate Degree of Interactive Media
Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media
Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press)
Diploma of IT (Software Development)
Diploma of IT (Multimedia)
Certificate II in Information Technology
Diploma of Business
Certificate IV in Business
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AIT prides itself on providing quality education. Part of doing this involves making the resources available that students need to gain the most from their learning experiences.
AIT boasts a college library with current and relevant materials to assist students in their studies. In addition, AIT has modern computer labs containing up to date computer systems, equipment and software.
AIT runs a networked environment and has permanent access to the Internet. In practical sessions every student has his or her own computer. AIT has a large student lounge and a dedicated Project Room where students are able to continue their studies outside of class hours.
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Every lecturer at AIT must have studied at university and have a Bachelors degree qualification in a relevant area. In addition to this, every lecturer at AIT must have completed a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Potential lecturers are screened carefully to ensure that they have the appropriate abilities and attitude for this demanding field of work. AIT has a very strong emphasis on providing quality education.
Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. The Australian Government says that the average international student in Australia spends about $360 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone and incidental costs. Note that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle.
A significant component of the weekly living expenses is accommodation. You can choose from a variety of high standard student accommodation available to suit different budgets and needs. AIT Student Services staff can help you find accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student noticeboards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent. Some accommodation options in Sydney include:
- Homestay (approximately $200 - $280 per week)
- Shared/Rental Apartments (approximately $150 - $300 per week)
Please visit Study In Australia's website for the latest living costs of Sydney.